After the sudden passing of Phife Dawg from the rap group A Tribe Called Quest, his family released a statement revealing his cause of death.
According to Vibe, the lyricist – whose real name is Malik Taylor – was 45. His death was attributed to complications from type 2 diabetes.
“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.
Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”
Phife Dawg’s long-time manager, Dion Liverpool, also shared a statement in remembrance of the hip-hop idol saying:
“While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”
Many posts across social media express disbelief over the rapper’s passing. There were also heavy outpourings of support since news broke of Phife Dawg’s passing earlier today. Musical tributes are to be expected when a performer dies. One notable tribute was published on SoundCloud today. Rapper Mac Miller, who is a big fan of A Tribe Called Quest’s album “Beats, Rhymes and Life,” shared a song of remembrance this morning called “5 Foot Assassin.” The title refers to one of Phife Dawg’s nicknames.
The track can be streamed below.